Might as well, at this point the team is better suited with a healthy Geno than a hobbled one that continues to play hobbled and has it get worse in the playoffs. His injuries are really affecting his play, nothing wrong with sitting him until then.
People on the main board can ***** and whine about his off year all they want, he means a great deal to this team and when healthy, it doesn't matter who his wingers are, so hopefully he does sit for a bit longer or hopefully until the playoffs.
I'm all for the idea of making sure a guy's fully recovered before returning from an injury (and, as an aside, I wish the Pens organization would abide by that mantra more than they have in the past), but I'm not inclined to sit Geno until the playoffs "just because."
If we were talking about a 2-3 day window, then fine. But the playoffs don't start for another 19 days. I doubt it's going to take Malkin an additional 19 days to recover from this injury, given that - if nothing else - we know that there was no fracture. Sitting him for additional time (i.e. - more than is needed) is just going to allow the rust to build...you want the guy hitting his stride in the playoffs, not taking to the ice for the first time in 3+ weeks.
His shoulder has been bothering him since October and now the shot off of his foot. Another week off could do him AND the team some good.
He can miss all but the final 2 games for all I care, the last 2 games would be him just seeing where he is at with his injuries this season. A healthy Geno means this team can rip through other teams in the playoffs since Sid & Geno turn their game up a notch once the playoffs start. But if Malkin is still hurt, he'll be invisible like he has shown he can be in the playoffs for brief stretches. Do not want.
I just keep thinking about how Malkin was after Richards hit him in the playoffs when he scored that slap shot goal in 2007-08. He wasn't the same the rest of the playoffs. If he's hurt already and gets hurt again, the team won't make it past the first round with just Sid. All any team has to do is put their best shutdown unit on Crosby and its not like there are skilled wingers that get more room when they do that. You shut him down, his line is basically done since his wingers rely on him opening up space for them and then him finding those wingers.
I'd rather see Malkin sit for the rest of the season, except for a game or two to see how he feels. He's not just recovering from a bad foot, he's also got that right shoulder injury that he's been nursing since the 2nd or 3rd week of the season that had him miss 7 games.
I'd consider bringing him back April 8 for the last three games (against weaker teams - ATL 1, NYI 2), if we're on the verge of finishing 2nd vs. 4th. We need all the home ice we can get the way we're playing right now. Also there's no accounting for how screwed up his timing / stamina might be missing a couple weeks. Better to get him tuned up the last few games of the year than in Game 1, Series 1... even if it's only 15 minutes a game or something like that.
Why should the team play him before the playoffs? They seem to do about as well without him as with him recently.
My fear is that he has struggled with the shoulder injury all season but fixing it would require season-ending surgery, so he chose to play through it because it's not an injury that can be aggravated easily. If so, that sux4dapenz.
Where is all the talk of shoulder injury coming from... the reason he's out right now is because of his foot / he can't skate without pain. If there was a shoulder problem all along then whatever nagging injury that is we'll have to live with either way most likely.